Day 23, May 8: The Gevurah in Netzach

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Now, on to weightier matters…

Up to the point, I’ve presented fairly lengthy, discursive essays on each day of the Omer. Today, let’s try something different...
Shifra Tobacman’s excellent little book, Omer/Teshuvah, provides a meditative poem for each day of the Omer. Here’s her offering for this, the 23rd day, which is the Gevurah (power/judgment/discipline) in Netzach (persistence/eternity).

When you ride a bicycle
in windy conditions
you can minimize the impact
or use the wind to your advantage.

Keep your torso low, eyes straight ahead
when going against the wind
or when the wind is buffeting you from the side
So it flows over you like water off a duck’s back.

When the wind is at your back
Don't forget to enjoy the ride.
If going downhill
be sure to say"whee!"

If your climb is steep and long
and you have run through
all the gears on your bike
and you are tired
and still need to reach your destination
remember you can always get off and walk.

If you can't ride a bike,
or use your legs to walk,
you may still find a way
to traverse the windy passage.


Based on this poem, how do you think Shifra Tobacman, the poet, understands the 23rd day of the Omer?

And keep on posting!

Rabbi Steve Folberg
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